Acute Pain

Everyone has been in pain at some point in their life. It’s an uncomfortable or unpleasant feeling or sensation in the body. The feeling of pain is typically an indication that something is wrong and can come on suddenly or gradually.

Each person is adept at judging their level of pain, which can include feelings ranging from mild and infrequent to severe and constant.

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain begins without warning and is typically a sharp pain. It can warn of disease or a threat to your body. Acute pain can also be caused by the following events:

Surgery
Broken bones
Dental work
Burns or cuts
Labor and childbirth

Acute pain can be mild and last for a moment, or it might be severe and last as long as a few months. Most commonly, acute pain won’t last longer than six months and usually disappears when the underlying cause has been treated.

What’s the Difference Between Acute Pain and Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain persists despite having healed from your injury. Pain signals remain active in your nervous system for weeks, months or even years. Physical effects of chronic pain include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy and changes in your appetite.

There might not be a known cause of the disease or the pain (for example, arthritis or phantom pain) that is causing your chronic pain. Your chronic pain might be unknown or not fully understood.

How is Acute Pain Treated?

Depending on the severity of your pain, your pain management may take a few different courses of action, such as:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Localized anesthetic (a shot of a painkiller medicine into the area of the pain)
Nerve blocks (the blocking of a group of nerves with local anesthetics)
Acupuncture
Electrical stimulation
Physical therapy
Surgery
Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing
Behavior modification

Acute Pain Treatment In Clearwater and Tampa, Florida

At All Care, we understand the complexities of acute pain. We also understand the impact acute pain can have on your life. We have the experience and resources necessary to help you live your healthiest life. Contact us today to learn more about our services, or to schedule your appointment.